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Associated Press, Published November 07 2013

Man sentenced for setting fire to ND hotel

BISMARCK — A man convicted of setting a south-central North Dakota hotel on fire has been sentence to 46 years in prison.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1hnmvdq ) that 52-year-old Allen Thomas was sentenced on Thursday.

A jury convicted Thomas in August of one count of arson and 18 counts of endangering by fire.

He faced up to 10 years in prison on each of the 19 felony charges.

The Lone Steer hotel in Steele was destroyed by fire in August 2012. Several people had to jump from second-story windows to escape the blaze. No one was injured.

Authorities said Thomas used a cigarette lighter to ignite a mattress because he was upset that the hotel owners had helped his girlfriend after the two had argued.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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